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Wolverley cancer survivor signs up for Race for Life
7:30am Wednesday 13th March 2013 in News
A WOLVERLEY woman who was diagnosed with cancer only months after losing her father to the disease has signed up for her third Race for Life.
Sue Bishop, 44, will be taking part in the Cancer Research UK event with her 17-year-old niece, Jodie Fox.
Miss Bishop said: “It was a terrible shock when I was diagnosed with cancer. I just couldn’t believe it was happening to me.”
Miss Bishop, who works at Blunts Shoes in Kidderminster, was grieving for the loss of her father Denis Bishop, when she discovered a lump in her breast in November 2009.
Her father had been diagnosed with bowel cancer 10 years before but had survived the disease only to have it recur in his liver years later.
After an operation Mr Bishop appeared to be doing well, but was then diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Miss Bishop added: “Dad was treated for his prostate cancer but unfortunately it spread and he died in August 2009 at the age of 79.
“I was still in shock from Dad’s death when I found the lump in my breast. I didn’t do anything about it at first but I mentioned it to the girls at work and they persuaded me to go to the doctor’s. I really believe they saved my life.”
Miss Bishop was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2009 and she had a lumpectomy in December, followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
She added: “I’ve always been very particular about my hair, so I found it very distressing when it all fell out and I had to wear a wig. I hope by telling my story I will help other women who are going through the same thing now. I want them to know there is light at the end of the tunnel.
The pair will be taking part in Race for Life at Pitchcroft Racecourse, in Worcester, on Sunday, June 16.
Visit raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org to sign up.